Grandstreet Theatre

Oklahoma

July 10 - July 25

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Chock full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love,” this boot-stomping production will thrill audiences young and old.

The first collaboration between the amazing duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is set in the early 1900’s in the midst of a high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys and provides a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl play out their love story. The original Broadway production was a box office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances.

Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

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Meet the cast of Oklahoma!

Nick Angel

Jess Chalmers

Nick Angel is thrilled to be here at Grandstreet! Nick is entering his senior year of study in musical theatre at Western Michigan University where he has been seen as Claude in HAIR, Joey in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, and in various other university productions. He most recently made his professional debut in Dogfight at Farmer’s Alley Theatre. A big thank you to everyone at WMU, my beautiful sister Alexis, and most importantly, Mom and Dad. Go Broncos!

Phil Bartruff

Andrew Carnes

Phil Bartruff considers Grandstreet a second home and a second family. He looks forward to becoming a part of Grandstreet’s extended summer family. Wow, what fun working with such great talent and great people. Phil has enjoyed roles in past summer shows including The King in Big River, the Sheriff in All Shook Up and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray. Phil is particularly proud of his first family! Thank you Hays, Lang and Macaul for your love and support. Special thanks to Nancy.

Mary Boespflug

Kate

Austen Danielle Bohmer

Laurey

Austen Danielle Bohmer is currently pursuing her BFA in acting at the Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO. Her STL credits include: Penny in Honk! at Webster, Ariel in The Little Mermaid with Variety Children’s Theatre, and One Man, Two Guvnors at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Last summer, she studied Shakespeare at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, playing Emilia in The Two Noble Kinsmen. This summer, Austen is delighted to be making her Grandstreet debut!

Sonia Bosch

Opal

Sonia Bosch is thrilled to perform on the Grandstreet stage one more time before she leaves her hometown for Portland, Oregon. Sonia’s most recent roles include The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and The Wardrobe in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is thankful for the opportunity to savor her final days in Helena with such amazing people. “I’d like to thank my mother for her unending love and support. I love you Mom!”

Coy Branscum

Ali Hakim

Coy Branscum is thrilled to be returning to Grandstreet after working on last summer’s Mary Poppins! He is a recent graduate of Millikin University, earning his BFA in Musical Theatre; he was seen in their MainStage productions of Sweet Smell of Success, Cinderella, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, and And the World Goes ‘Round. Following his time in Helena, Coy will be making the move to NYC. Follow his journey at cgbranscum.com, or through his Instagram/Twitter accounts: @coybranscum.

Tyler Breeding

Jud Fry

Tyler Breeding is a current student in Western Illinois University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. This is his first summer at Grandstreet Theatre and his first role in professional theatre and he could not be any more excited to be here! Some favorite roles include: Joe Josephson in Merrily We Roll Along, Marius in Les Miserables, and Count Dracula in Dracula. Thank you so much to all my friends and family for all of the support they continuously give me!

Jimmy Capek

Fred

Jimmy Capek is ecstatic to be a part of the Grandstreet family this summer, making his Grandstreet debut in Oklahoma! and Pippin. Jimmy recently graduated with his B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. Some favorite credits include: Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad (Shawnee Theatre) Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone (Shawnee Theatre), Bat Boy, Les Miserables and many more. Jimmy has plans to move to Chicago come September and is excited to dive in head first into their amazing theatre scene.

Maddie Cormier

Ado Annie

Maddie Cormier is incredibly excited to come back to her home on the Grandstreet Stage. She’s had quite the freshman year as a Musical Theatre Major at Shenandoah University and can’t wait to learn more. Maddie’s most recent Grandstreet credits include Natalie in Next to Normal and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She is overjoyed to spend another summer making new friends and creating wonderful works of art. She would like to thank Marianne, her friends and support system, Aidan, Nancy, and everyone responsible for putting this production together.

Mitchell Ferguson

Curly

Mitchell Ferguson is a senior at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre in St. Louis, MO, where he is pursuing a BFA in Acting. Favorite credits include THE TEMPEST (Alonso), RAYS OF THE SUN (Leon), HAY FEVER (David Bliss), COLUMBINUS (Jock), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie), INTO THE WOODS (Narrator/Mysterious Man), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Mr. Fox), and TREASURE ISLAND (Hands/Pew). Mitchell is ecstatic to be a part of the Grandstreet family for one of his all time favorite shows/roles. If you’d like to hear him sing more, you can check out his band’s music online (thelouisianapurchase.bandcamp.com)! Endless gratitude to family, friends, mentors, and YOU for being here!

Jacob Fjare

Cord Elam

Jacob Fjare is ecstatic to be back at Grandstreet! Jacob is a native of Big Timber, MT and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from MSU. He was most recently seen touring with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ educational tour. Other credits include Padre (Man of La Mancha) with MSIP, Robert (Boeing Boeing) and Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) with Montana TheatreWorks, and Jamie (Last 5 Years) at the Verge Theatre. A huge thanks to Grandstreet for being my second family! www.JacobFjare.com

Willa Fossum

Arminia

Willa Fossum Is currently a sophomore at Helena High school. She has last been seen on stage in Our Town as Sam Craig and an onstage musician. Other recent credits include Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast and Girl #4 in One Billion Rising’s production of I am an Emotional Creature. She would like to thank the director Marianne Adams for this fantastic opportunity and her wonderful mother for all of the love and support.

Lauren Hanson

Ensemble

Lauren Hanson a soon to be, eighth grader at St. Andrew School, is ecstatic to be returning to Grandstreet’s stage performing in her tenth show. Her most recent roles include The Wizard of Oz (The Jitterbug), Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), and Honk JR. (The Cat). Lauren would like to thank her amazing family, friends, the cast and crew of Oklahoma, and last but not least, her “Borski’s” that bring so much laughter.

Rick Johnson

Ike Skidmore

Rick Johnson is excited to be part of the Oklahoma cast for 2015. He played Slim in GST 1998 production of Oklahoma. This was also his first musical production. Rick has appeared on the GST stage in many production with his favorites being Our Town, Mary Poppins, Les Mis, Ragtime, Titantic, You Can’t Take it With You to name a few. Rick enjoys cooking, watching TV, and being involved at Grandstreet. He would like to thank the staff and all volunteers of the theatre.

Kate Loble

Lucy

Kate Loble is so happy to be part of the theatre community! She enjoys singing with Jodi Mattson, jazz dance classes at Premiere Dance Company with Kris Fife and playing her violin with Allison Elliott and of course… acting at Grandstreet Theatre! Kate would like to thank her instructors and her peers at Grandstreet Theatre for helping her get more out of the theatre program then she ever thought she could.

Rachel Martorana

Ensemble

Rachel Martorana is fifteen years old with two brother and two sisters. She loves musical theatre and has been involved in Grandstreet for almost a year. She was born in Arizona and currently attends Helena High. In the past she has played in a few different shows including ensemble in Grease, Annie in her school production of Annie Jr., and The Guard in Grandstreet’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Her hobbies include song-writing and babysitting.

“We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”

Ben Misplon

Ensemble

Ben Misplon has just graduated Helena High School and is attending Western Illinois University next year to study Musical Theatre. “Oklahoma” and Pippin will be his 15th and 16th shows at Grandstreet. He has attended summer Grandstreet since being a beanie in first grade and the after school camp for 5 years. He would like to thank his Grandstreet family for all of their love and support and he will miss them very much!

Rayne O’Bryant

Slim & Assistant Stage Manager

Rayne O’Bryant is very excited to be on stage for his first conservatory show. Rayne was previously seen as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Rayne has also been very involved in the technical side of theatre. He was the stage manager for Sideways Stories from Wayside School and the light board operator for She Loves Me. Rayne would like to thank His mentor Dora Trenbeath for everything she has taught him and Marianne Adams for all her support.

Cordelia Potter

Ensemble

Cordelia Potter Grandstreet audiences last enjoyed Cordelia’s performance as Tall Alice in Alice in Wonderland Jr. Previously, she appeared as ensemble in The Wizard of Oz. Cordelia is a homeschooled freshman and, when not onstage, enjoys reading, writing and art. She would like to thank her family and fellow cast mates for their continued support.

Robert Riordan

Will Parker

Robert Riordan is very excited about returning to Grandstreet and lassoing it up as Will Parker and dancing about in Pippin this summer. He’s a rising senior at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis. Other favorite roles include Barfee in Spelling Bee (Grandstreet), Nikos in Big Love (Webster), and Flotsam in The Little Mermaid (Variety Children’s Theatre).

Jacob Coray Scott

Mike and Dance Captain

Jacob Coray Scott is thrilled to be making his Grandstreet Theatre debut. In August he will return to the Webster Conservatory where he is a student of musical theatre. At school he most recently appeared in Spring Awakening as “Moritz” and HONK! as “Ugly”. Scott’s other credits include Spamalot at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and Chicago at Summer Stock Austin.

Mo Shea

Gertie Cummings

Mo Shea () is thrilled to be appearing in her first Grandstreet summer production. Mo first appeared on the Grandstreet stage as unnamed orphan in pigtails in the 2005 production of Annie. Mo’s favorite roles have included Bet in Oliver!, A Star-To-Be in the 2012 production of Annie, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Thank you Mom, Dad, and Kate. And to my best friend Sonia – thanks for sharing this last time on stage before we head off to college.

Savannah Smith

Virginia

Savannah Smith is thrilled to be working alongside the amazing cast and crew of Oklahoma. Recent Grandstreet credits include: Emily Webb in Our Town, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical, and Glamorous Doll/Ensemble in Mary Poppins. She would like to thank her friends and family at Grandstreet for their unwavering support and love.

Elizabeth Spindler

Ellen

Elizabeth Spindler () is beyond delighted to be back at her favorite place, performing alongside some of her favorite people. She is a rising junior at Gonzaga University where she is majoring in theatre arts and psychology. Some of her most beloved roles have included Rhonda in Almost, Maine, Pilar in Legally Blonde, and Shelley in Hairspray. In her spare time she enjoys improvising (on stage and off) and climbing rocks

Gill Vaughn-Spencer

Sam

Gill Vaughn-Spencer is an engaged actor who constantly fills his schedule with new shows or projects. He has stayed fully active in his high school theatre department at Century High School, as well as adding shows in other local theaters such as Mystique and Idaho State University theaters. Gill hopes to go on to performing professionally and possibly starting up a company with the goal of instructing aspiring young actors.

Colleen “Binky” Watson

Aunt Eller

Maia Zaluski

Faye

Maia Zaluski is thrilled to be participating in Oklahoma with both old and new friends. She is a junior at Helena High School and has been a part of the Grandstreet community since fourth grade. She has previously been in The Wizard of Oz, Honk Jr, Beauty and the Beast, and Big River. She would like to thank her friends and family for always being so supportive!

Dora Trenbeath

Stage Manager

Dora Trenbeath is thrilled to be spending her 14th summer at Grandstreet, serving as the Production Stage Manager for Oklahoma and Pippin.  A Grandstreet Alumna, Dora has worked in places such as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Children’s Theatre Company, Insight Theatre Company, and most recently Vital Theatre Company in New York City. Dora is also very proud graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she earned her BFA in Stage Management!

Katie An Siegel

Assistant Stage Manager

Katie An Siegel just completed her first year in the Stage Management program at Webster University. Most recently, she has been an Assistant Stage Manager for the Webster University Dance Ensemble, Honk!, and Spring Awakening. She has also been working as an administrative intern at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She is thrilled to be joining the Grandstreet Theatre team this summer.